Syngonium Red Vein

A Beginner's Guide To Syngonium Red Vein Plant Care | All you Need to Grow

Family: Aracaeae   
Common Name:  Red Vein Arrowhead Vine
Botanical Name: Syngonium podophyllum Red Vein
The petite, heart-shaped leaves of the Syngonium Red Vein are sure to turn heads when you add this beautiful arrowhead plant to your home. If eye-catching good looks weren't enough, syngonium is also one of the easiest-to-care-for plants you can find. This compact beauty prefers abundant indirect light but will survive in areas with little light or shade. Trim back to keep the foliage full and compact. This houseplant likes to explore, so if you prefer longer vines that trail and climb, place them where they can fall or grab onto something.


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Syngonium Red Vein thrives most in bright, indirect light and likes to be in a spot with filtered sunlight, where it gets enough brightness without any direct exposure to intense light! Direct sunlight exposure to this plant can lead to leaf burn. To ensure even growth for your plant, rotate the pot every few weeks so that all sides get equal exposure to the light.


You should aim to water your Syngonium Red Vein plant every 1 to 2 weeks in the spring and summer months. Plan to water less often in the fall and winter, approximately every 2 to 4 weeks – or as needed. When the soil feels dry, you'll know it's time to water this plant. You can check soil moisture level by putting your finger into the soil. 


Syngonium Red Vein prefers well-draining soil that lets extra water flow out easily. You should use a peat-based potting mix, which gives good aeration and moisture retention (without becoming overly soggy). Organic matter should be incorporated into the potting mix, providing your plant with essential nutrients, and supporting overall plant health. The pH level for the soil should be between 5.5 to 7.0 for the best growth! 


A Red Vein Arrowhead Vine thrives most in warmer temperatures. Your plant should be in a temperature range between 60 degrees to 80 degrees. Aim for consistency in the temperatures, as it is better for this plant's health. 


Higher humidity is best for Syngonium Red Vein. This is because it is initially from tropical regions with higher humidity. Ideally, this plant should be a humidity level of around 40% to 60%. You can increase the humidity levels near your plant by misting the leaves, using a humidifier, providing a pebble tray, grouping plants, or putting your plant in a bathroom or a kitchen area. 


Fertilizing your Syngonium Red Vein once every 4-6 weeks is ideal during spring and summer. You can reduce or pause fertilizing this plant in the fall and winter. During the cooler months, this plant doesn't require as many nutrients as it does in the warmer months. When fertilizing your plant, choose a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, like 20-20-20 or 10-10-10. Ensure that you follow the fertilizer package directions to know the dilution rates. Be sure not to over-fertilize, as that can lead to salt buildup in the soil and could lead to root damage. 

Growth Rate

The mature height that Syngonium Red Vein can reach usually ranges from 1 to 3 feet, when it's grown as a houseplant. However, this plant's height typically depends on various factors such as environmental conditions, the care it gives, and the specific cultivar. 

Pet Friend or Foe

Syngonium Red Vein plants are toxic to pets! Foe!

Pro Tips

  1. Repot your Syngonium Red Vein every 1-2 years. Spring is typically a good time to repot your plant!
  2. Ensure the container you plant your Syngonium Red Vein in has drainage holes. This will prevent waterlogging.
  3. Pruning this plant often helps to prevent your plant from becoming too tall or unruly!
  4. Inspect your plant for any houseplant pests such as spider mites and mealybugs!

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